Readers waiting impatiently for the release of the next Rivers of London novel, The Hanging Tree, to come out in June (June!) will have something to read in the meantime: Titan Comics is putting out Rivers of London: Night Witch next year, starting March 16, 2016. Like the previous Rivers of London comic, Body Work, Night Witch will be written by by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel with Lee Sullivan as the artist. As readers of Body Work know, this is good news.
For those not familiar with the series, Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch is mix of police procedural and urban fantasy. Peter Grant is both an officer in the Metropolitan Police and an apprentice magician. This makes him a member of the two-person task force tasked with handling magical problems. (Aaronovitch is revealing how it got that small slowly over the series). Aaronovitch’s series has a strong mix detection and paperwork with plenty of suspense. He also plays fair with readers: Looking back, the reader can see how both magical and mundane clues added up. Another positive aspect of the series is that the non-magical people are still intelligent and capable. Not everyone knows about magic, and none of the members of the police who do know particularly like dealing with it, but they are still good at their jobs and don’t waste time denying magic when they meet it–they sensibly call in the experts and keep working. Newcomers to the Rivers of London universe should find the “Night Witch” a good gateway into the series; Aaronovitch and Cartmel are good at providing the necessary information with the minimum of infodumping.
Rivers of London Night Witch #1
Writers: Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: March 16 2016
A police vehicle on a routine prison transfer in north London is stormed by Russian hoodlums seeking to free a very particular prisoner. Their target is a witch. A very powerful witch who doesn’t want to be free. Things rapidly turn very ugly for the hoods and it’s soon a job for full-time police constable and part-time wizard, Peter Grant.